Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Getting Cheeky's Top Five: Eye Liner

*This post contains PR samples.
Just when I thought I'd run out of items to discuss in my Top Five series, I've experienced a renewed sense of inspiration and have uncovered at least enough different sets of products to get us through the conclusion of 2013. You may notice that with the exception of Inspired By Literature posts, eye liner doesn't often feature very prominently on Getting Cheeky. Though a winged cat eye is undoubtedly my signature look, I've always viewed liners (pencils particularly) as a rather boring utilitarian item and as such don't pay them much heed. Despite the fact that most liners don't excite me, I have a collection of five (okay ... six) that do make my heart beat just a bit faster. If you'd like to take a look at my favorites from the beginning and learn a bit more about what products I can't be without, feel free to take a peek at all my favorites here

Although they require a bit more TLC during storage an application, liquid and gel liners have always been my favorites. Pencils are quite easy to use, and undoubtedly hold a significant place in my makeup collection; however, I can't help but find gels and liquids somewhat more artistic. There's nothing quite like applying a high quality liquid liner equipped with a brush, for instance, to make one feel like a calligraphy artist of old. (Or is that just me ...?)

Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner Intense Black
After casting about for several years, I've settled on Stila's Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner in Intense Black as my go-to black liner. Cat eyes are and always will be my secret weapon when I'm running late or can't decide what else to apply, but I was plagued for years by poor quality liner pens. There is nothing worse than a black liner that flakes off throughout the day, isn't opaque or dries too quickly in the tube rendering the product useless and Stila's absolutely perfect formula commits none of the cardinal black liner sins. This is and will always be a repurchase for me as it's become quite a staple in my makeup collection. 

Urban Decay Zero/Whiskey 27/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil
Despite the buzz around the shadows in Urban Decay's first Naked Palette, the real gem I discovered in purchasing it was the Zero/Whiskey dual ended 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil. I believed that Urban Decay had brought this back as a permanent item, though I see that it's no longer available for purchase which is a shame as it's ideal for travel. Urban Decay's pencils are capable of creating fine lines that set and won't budge, staying put on the water line and smudging out to create smoky pigmentation. This versatility renders it a one liner wonder in my travel makeup bag, and the combination of brown and black is just an added "all in one" bonus that makes this pencil an all time favorite. 

Le Métier de Beauté Indelible Ink Liquid Eye Liners* (Original Review Here)
From the moment I first applied Le Métier de Beauté's Indelible Ink Liners in Artemis and Castalia I've been in love. When Le Métier says indelible, they aren't kidding. These liners would stay put on my eyes rain or shine, and look absolutely stunning while doing it. I've always adored deep eggplant toned liquid liners to contrast with my bright green eyes, but Artemis also made me a believer in blue a shade I'd previously avoided as I wasn't certain it would work with green. 

MAC Avenue Fluidline
MAC's Avenue Fluidline was released in a limited edition collection roughly two years ago, and it's one of the few items from a limited MAC collection that I have yet to get over. I was long in the habit of buying products from MAC collections in bulk and ignoring 99.9% of them only a month later. Avenue has escaped this fate as it's combination of shimmer and deep brown coupled with lasting power won me over almost immediately. The more I look at this swatch, the more I'm reminded of another favorite liner, NARS Galapagos eye shadow (read my review here on Makeup and Beauty Blog) that also serves as an excellent alternative to black.

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner Forest Ink* (Original Review Here)
It wasn't until I swatched Forest against MAC Avenue that I realized just how similar the shades are! Though it may seem undetectable, Forest is possessed of a slightly more green undertone that makes it just different enough to justify owning both shades. I fell in love with Forest this past autumn as an alternative to black and haven't been able to put it away since. This shade brings out the green in my eyes and lasts all day. Perhaps it is just the name, but there is also something distinctly autumnal about the shade in my humble opinion. 

(Left to right): Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner Intense Black, Urban Decay Zero/Whiskey 27/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil, Le Métier de Beauté Indelible Ink Liquid Eye Liners Artemis*, Castalia*, MAC Avenue Fluidline, Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner Forest Ink*

What are your top five eye liners?

*These items were provided by PR for consideration. The ideas and opinions expressed are my own. Do not hesitate to reference my policies in the event that you have any questions.